Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Letters to the Editor >> Opinion

War on the Home Front

Since the September 11 terrorist attack, 745 Californians have been killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars (LA Times, 5/25/2014). During a slightly shorter time period (2002-2012), 24,025 Californians have been murdered — 32 times more than these combat deaths (FBI Uniform Crime Statistics).

Since 9/11, we have spent trillions of dollars on foreign wars, overall Pentagon funds, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, etc. If even a small portion of these trillions were used to deal with the symptoms and underlying conditions that produce violence, we could create communities to alleviate and end this epidemic that afflicts us.

The real war is in our own cities and towns. What will it take to make the home front truly safe and secure?
John Marciano is a Professor Emeritus at SUNY Cortland.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, May 29, 2014 print edition of the Daily Nexus.

Views expressed on the Opinion page do not necessarily reflect those of the Daily Nexus or UCSB. Opinions are submitted primarily by students.

Print Friendly


In an effort to combat spam, comments that include links must be manually approved. Comments will generally be approved in under an hour depending on the time that they are submitted.

Please do not submit correction requests in the comments section as comments are not reviewed regularly. Correction requests submitted this way therefore may not be noticed for weeks at a time. Please submit all correction requests to eic@dailynexus.com or to the editor of the section in which the story in question appears.